Darcy Ward reminded speedway fans of his presence with a sensational maiden Grand Prix victory at the FIM Moldow Danish GP on Saturday night.
The Australian only returned to racing last Tuesday night in Sweden – where he scored a paid maximum – and backed up his solid performance with his first GP win after a scrap in the final with Slovenian Matej Zagar.
Despite a broken metatarsel; championship leader Emil Sayfutdinov retained his position at the top of the standings as he totalled 13 points on the night, which included three race wins.
The meeting did however see the withdrawals of both Swedes Andreas Jonsson and Fredrik Lindgren in separate incidents. Jonsson is currently understood to have sustained a suspected shoulder blade break whilst Lindgren has a suspected broken upper arm.
Jonsson was denied the opportunity to race as Emil Sayfutdinov was left no room by Matej Zagar in heat 4, causing Sayfutdinov to fall. A stricken Sayfutdinov left Jonsson with no option but to collect the Russian half way down the back straight and in turn seeing Jonsson landing heavily on his shoulder – Jonsson was taken to hospital and took no further part in the action.
Meanwhile the Poole pairing of Darcy Ward and Chris Holder reeled off race wins whilst also in the mix where Hancock and Sayfutdinov – both unbeaten.
As the meeting progressed Matej Zagar made up for his earlier exclusion with a win in heat 11 whilst home town hero Nicki Pedersen moved onto 6.
The ‘Turbo Twins’ of Holder and Ward served up the race of the night in heat 12 as Holder led from the gate. Despite Ward pressuring the champion throughout the four laps, Holder managed to hang on in a high speed battle between two of the worlds best riders.
Tomasz Gollob turned his night around with back to back wins in heats 13 and 18 to move the Pole onto 8 and send him into the semi finals. Brit Tai Woffinden also reached the semis with a sensational win in heat 17 over Holder and Iversen – who tripped over each other and allowed the British Champion through.
Also making the semis Greg Hancock, Matej Zagar and Emil Sayfutdinov. However Fredrik Lindgren couldn’t take his place as a heavy fall in heat 19 saw the Wolves number 1 add to the long list of sidelined Swedes.
Lindgren’s absence meant only three riders took their place in semi final 1 with Hancock, Ward and Holder featuring. Ward made the start and led from the gate whilst Holder managed to fend off a challenging Hancock who left Parken with 9 points.
In the second semi, Zagar went from last to first to win whilst Emil Sayfutdinov couldn’t find a way past the inspired Tomasz Gollob – who made his first final appearance since Bydgoszcz – whilst Woffinden trailed in last totalling 11 on the night.
The final saw Gollob make the best of starts, however Zagar swooped around both Gollob and Ward to take the lead. However a determined Ward passed and re passed with Zagar throughout the race, only for Ward to lead on the last lap and claim his first ever GP win ahead of Zagar, Holder and Gollob.
The result means after seven rounds Emil Sayfutdinov has a 13 point lead over Tai Woffinden in second. Chris Holder closes in on 82 – just two behind Woffinden – whilst Hampel, Pedersen, Hancock, Iversen and Gollob are separated by just 10 points.